Tag Archives: FAANG

Congress, in a Five-Hour Hearing, Demands Tech CEOs Censor the Internet Even More Aggressively – Glenn Greenwald

By | March 29, 2021

We are taught from childhood that a defining hallmark of repressive regimes is that political officials wield power to silence ideas and people they dislike, and that, conversely, what makes the U.S. a “free” society is the guarantee that American leaders are barred from doing so. It is impossible to reconcile that claim with what… Read More »

Facebook “Supreme Court” overrules company in 4 of its first 5 decisions | Ars Technica

By | February 9, 2021

As you can see, Facebook has to make decisions on a wide range of topics, from ethnic conflict to health information. Often, Facebook is forced to choose sides between deeply antagonistic groups—Democrats and Republicans, Armenians and Azerbaijanis, public health advocates and anti-vaxxers. One benefit of creating the Oversight Board is to give Facebook an external… Read More »

Paul Graham on Why Billionaires Build

By | January 2, 2021

The ideal combination is the group of founders who are “living in the future” in the sense of being at the leading edge of some kind of change, and who are building something they themselves want. Most super-successful startups are of this type. Steve Wozniak wanted a computer. Mark Zuckerberg wanted to engage online with… Read More »

Not completely related to personal accounts being banned, but something that hap… | Hacker News

By | November 2, 2020

It’s incredibly scary that Google’s moderation bots can be a single point of failure for a business employing 20+ people. Source: Not completely related to personal accounts being banned, but something that hap… | Hacker News When you’re starting a business now, you simply have to factor this possibility into the plan. How are you… Read More »

Big Tech to face its Ma Bell moment? US House Dems demand break-up of ‘monopolists’ Apple, Amazon, Facebook, Google • The Register

By | October 7, 2020

Of course, there is still a long way to go before any of the report’s recommendations become a reality. Even within the committee, there is not unanimity, with some Republican members expressing concerns over breaking up companies in particular. Republicans will also be more ideologically opposed to adding regulations or removing companies’ ability to arbitrate… Read More »

On Monopolies, Apple, and Epic – iA

By | August 17, 2020

Google has built a complete monopoly on search. Amazon uses the sales data of its resellers to continuously expand and solidify market dominance. Facebook copies the competitors that they can’t bully into being bought to keep their dominant market position. Apple is partying in antitrust land forcing its competitors to hand out 30% of its… Read More »

Amazon and AI/ML

By | April 15, 2020

At this point in our glorious capitalistic society, it’s the companies who are running the country, and they’ve got us by the short hairs. Who could have guessed, even 25 years ago, that the American public would literally fall over themselves letting companies track everything they do — and therefore surmise our thoughts — in… Read More »

Can end-to-end encrypted systems detect child sexual abuse imagery?

By | December 13, 2019

A few weeks ago, U.S. Attorney General William Barr joined his counterparts from the U.K. and Australia to publish an open letter addressed to Facebook. The Barr letter represents the latest salvo … Source: Can end-to-end encrypted systems detect child sexual abuse imagery? I’ve argued that FAANG companies can continuously scan their networks for garbage,… Read More »